So I have been at the end of this game for over a week now. I found it fun, and everything was hard, but not unbeatable. I took down Ridley my second time through, I am reasonably sure I got most all of the missile expansions and Energy tanks, and I am ready to go into battle with Metroid Prime.
My first time through I got pasted. This was expected! I knoew it was going to take a time going through to learn its attacks, and weaknesses.
The second time through (I dunno, are we still warning for SPOILERS here?) I fared much better- I thought I had beat it with less than one energy tank left, only to have to fight the "Inner" Metroid Prime. I figure out about the pool of Phazon rather quick, and the whole visor shift, but still I die.
I have fought this thing like 10 times, and I am still getting slaughtered. After it starts calling the hunter metroids, I am doomed. I can't fight them and the boss at the same time, and I only ever have 4 energy tanks (well, 3 and some change) going into this fight, so I can't ever afford the hits. It is getting damned frustrating.
You know, I tried the powerbomb thing before you posted it, and it helped, but I guess it just came down to patience. All of Metroid Prime's attacks (in both forms) were highly predictable, and with some patience I finally got to the final form with more than half of my energy left. Then it came down to focusing not on Charging towards the Phazon puddle (as soon as I would see it, I would rush the puddle, and either lose it or lose the Prime...), rather, methodically locating the Metroid, moving towards the puddle THEM locking on... I finished with over four energy tanks left, which was nice... I think I am going to wait until I get done with Zelda before I go back to try out the Hard mode...
Not that restraint when posting in a "public" forum isn't a good thing...
BUT if we get Gary Thorne and Bill Clement in NHL 2006 and Jon Miller and Joe Morgan* in MLB 2006, I might take Mike, Joe, and Paul. Besides, their commentary is almost like out of a video game already. Joe: